As Twitchy reports, Emily Oster has a piece in The Atlantic called, “Let’s Declare a Pandemic Amnesty.” “Let’s acknowledge that we made complicated choices in the face of deep uncertainty, and then try to work together to build back and move forward,” she writes. That would be great news for the people who did the most damage, like the teachers’ unions that kept children out of school for up to two years and President Joe Biden, who tried to mandate the vaccine at the cost of losing your job. Biden, of course, got the initial two jabs and has had three boosters since, and still contracted COVID-19 — but he was willing to destroy people’s livelihoods over it.
Libs of TikTok has one screenshot explaining why she’s against calling a pandemic amnesty. It comes from the Los Angeles Times from January of this year, and calls for “anti-vaxxers” to be mocked; actually, they needed to be mocked.
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) October 31, 2022
As Twitchy reported, a lot of people were confused at the time; the author is Michael Hiltzik. The woman in the photo is Kelly Ernby, a prominent Orange County Republican who died unvaccinated and was against vaccine mandates (note that being anti-mandate is not the same as being anti-vax). Hiltzik wrote:
But mockery is not necessarily the wrong reaction to those who publicly mocked anti-COVID measures and encouraged others to follow suit, before they perished of the disease the dangers of which they belittled.
Nor is it wrong to deny them our sympathy and solicitude, or to make sure it’s known when their deaths are marked that they had stood fast against measures that might have protected others from the fate they succumbed to themselves.
Yeah, but let’s just put all that behind us and forgive and forget.
Never forget, never forgive
— Nostra, House of Dumbass (@Nostre_damus) October 31, 2022
They asked for it… pic.twitter.com/vgDisWZC3t
— Ｓｕｚｉ Ｓｈｒｕｇｇｅｄ (@suzibasterd) October 31, 2022
There should be a day we set aside to remember these actions so we don’t forget them. Yearly!
— Shakavelli (@Ashaka_tweets) October 31, 2022
Hard no here as well. I don't plan to retaliate in kind, but I will never forget and never trust anyone on that side of the political spectrum again. They need to go — all of them.
— Rebecca Mellander (@RebeccaRebecky) October 31, 2022
Conservatives won't be turning the other cheek on this one.
— Kevin (@KevinJDvorak) October 31, 2022
Saying something is “ghoulish but necessary” has unbelievably high levels of “Hans, are we the baddies?” energy
— Steven Brule (@bruleoncool) October 31, 2022
Can't wait for the highlight reel of @davidfrum hot takes.
— RHR (@rawls_rawls) October 31, 2022
I forgave. But that doesn't mean consequences of their actions cease to exist. They'll be cut out of a lot of people's lives, need to face criminal charges for the child abuse they inflicted, be on the hook for lost wages, etc.
— Orietta Rose 🇺🇲 (@dess_ri) October 31, 2022
Forgive and forget are two different things, we can forgive but won’t forget. Actions have consequences and lost trust is not just granted. If you asked yourself how you would have acted in times of adversity you got your answer with this.
— Lorraine (@groovy_girlie) October 31, 2022
How about the numbers of fatalities of those who WERE vaxxed. Should they be mocked? This is a huge scandal.
— RosieCat (@JunePer58060182) October 31, 2022
Right? It's not really any kind of apology.
— Ferren_Jaeger (@ferren_jaeger) October 31, 2022
— Elizabeth (@prbreez) October 31, 2022
Nope … not when people were threatened, lost their livelihoods and told they were going to lose access to health benefits, couldn’t go into stores, etc not to mention being told we all are going to die that winter. These are evil people.
— DougH_69 🎸🚲 (@dph_stfu) October 31, 2022
— Leah (@Leah19519359) October 31, 2022
But that’s the whole point of the article … everyone escapes accountability because who could have known the harm caused? Just all of the people who were banished from social media for questioning “the science.”
Atlantic piece suggests we ‘declare a pandemic amnesty’ and just forgive everyone who got COVID wrong https://t.co/or0na5TR7F
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 31, 2022